SummerFest Is Fast Approaching

Summer at the library offers reading rewards that you and your kid will dig.

Reserve a good fridge magnet because we return to a paper time tracker for those who like to keep their progress front and center. Look for the time tracker in backpack mail and in the June/July edition of Library News. If you prefer digital, we’ve got you covered too. Online registration begins April 1 at This year for the first time, you will not need a library card to join the online reading program. Crack open that first book for summer on May 22 and begin recording your hours or books read on the paper tracker or at Share the news and let’s get everyone in the county signed up.

We’ve got a reading program for the youngest through the oldest in your household. This is the second year we’ve offered prizes aimed specifically at infants, 0–18 months; Mom, Dad, Grandma, please ask about our Bee a Reader program; after all, learning starts by being read to. We’ll be giving away BOOKS, provided by the Friends of the Library, to kids who read at least 12 hours. Teens receive a free book at 12 hours too – plus a Best Buy gift card for the most prolific teen reader. Adults read 8 books to be part of weekly prize drawings – so be good role models and show kids around you how it’s done. Readers who get through 8 books (for adults) and 12 hours (for kids and teens) will be entered to win eReaders and other cool grand prizes.

Our reading program dovetails with Topeka Public School’s “I Read for 20” reading program, which during the school year encourages students to read 20 minutes a day. Our time tracker is set to 20-minute reading intervals too. Reading practice during summer ensures that your child heads back to school maintaining or improving reading skills. The program has been set with vacation, ball games, swim lessons and lazy days in mind. There’s no excuse for not reading to 12 hours and earning a book to keep.

You know you and your family should read. We’ve made it easy to get it done and have fun doing it. Sign up online beginning April 1 and watch for a paper reading tracker in this publication in June/July.

Lisa is a former employee and shared the library story in many of her posts.